Alliant Energy’s West Riverside Energy Center Project Earns Envision Platinum

WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 19, 2020 – The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) announced today that Alliant Energy’s West Riverside Energy Center project recently earned the Envision Platinum rating for sustainable infrastructure – the highest Envision recognition level. This is Alliant Energy’s sixth power generation facility to receive Envision recognition, which demonstrates the company’s commitment to sustainable infrastructure planning and design.

West Riverside Energy Center is an important part of Alliant Energy’s vision to transition to a cleaner energy future. The $660 million generating facility is a highly efficient combined cycle natural gas facility located near Beloit, Wisconsin. The generating station produces 730 megawatts of electricity, enough to power more than 550,000 homes.

The West Riverside Energy Center continues the company’s more than 90-year history of serving the Beloit community. Alliant Energy ensured a collaborative and transparent public participation process, engaging community leaders and representatives from over 60 community groups throughout the design and construction process. HDR served as Owner’s Engineer and led the Envision implementation process specified by Alliant Energy.  This was a project team effort between the owner, HDR as the Owners Engineer and AECOM, serving as the Engineering, Procurement and Construction contractor.


Envision and COVID-19 – Challenges & Opportunities

This document outlines some of the challenges that project teams are likely to face during these unprecedented times, and it also outlines strategies for overcoming them. For example, stakeholder engagement and public consultations will be difficult, if not impossible right now, due to restrictions on in-person and group gatherings, so this document acknowledges those challenges and provides teams with alternative approaches to achieving their sustainability goals.
Also within this document, teams are provided with a number of opportunities. For example, COVID-19 may cause supply-chain interruptions that could affect the choice and availability of materials. Therefore, there is an opportunity for project teams to explore whether materials from local suppliers are potentially more attainable than those received from suppliers who are located farther away.
The document also acknowledges that working remotely may pose significant challenges for project teams as they are preparing their projects for verification. Please view the Envision COVID-19 document in its entirety, and if you have any questions, please contact ISI communications.